Sprint Prepaid Cellular Phones - How To Get One!
prepaid cellular phones; do they exist?! Over the years I've
found that there are a lot of people searching for information
of the top Google hits that come up for this topic, I was
to see that amazingly no one directly answers this question. I
was truly surprised at how little useful information shows up for
people looking for Sprint prepaid cellular phones. So, this
section is dedicated to answering the question, and providing details
around your options for Sprint no contract cell phones. I
include other information around this topic related
prepaid strategy, and my opinions that I know you'll find valuable,
or at least interesting.
Boost Mobile Was Sprint's
- Virgin Mobile Followed
put, Sprint does not currently have a prepaid product under its core
Nextel brand. Below you'll read more about why this is,
this is the right approach, and what I believe they should be doing.
For now, however, the straight answer is no - you can't get
Sprint prepaid cellular phones under the
brand. But don't fret!
have a great CDMA network, with good coverage, and a clear 4G network
strategy. So you have options: Virgin Mobile, Boost Mobile,
Let's take a look at each of these no contract options.
Going Prepaid With The
little history about Boost - Boost Mobile started out in Australia as a
fairly small lifestyle prepaid brand with imagery of surfers and
skaters. It did well given its size and even expanded into
Zealand. The founder of Boost, Peter Adderton, went in search
a partner to launch the brand in North America. Ultimately he
ended up in a joint venture with Nextel (prior to the Sprint Nextel
merger). It was a great partnership because Nextel was an
enterprise product, which meant that they could sell services to
consumers with minimal network cost because consumers tend to use their
phones mostly during the evenings and weekends when business customers
are not typically using their phone. It worked out quite well
and took off with amazing
After the success, Nextel bought
Boost became a wholly owned subsidiary of Nextel, similar to Toyota and
Lexus, or Coke and Sprite. Except for Australia and New
Nextel now owned the worldwide rights to the Boost brand, and they
continued to expand the offering nationwide. While I don't
the specific details, it's my understanding that Peter got about $3
million dollars for the company, which later turned into a $250+
million business. I heard he tried suing Nextel when he
he sold way to low, but obviously lost. It took on a
evolution of the brand from surf and skate to hip hop.
people were buying it because they wanted a prepaid Nextel offering,
and didn't really care about the brand; more on that later!
came the merger with Sprint Nextel, which is now classified by many as
the worst failure in the history of mergers in the United States, but
that's a story for another day! Anyway, that's how
part of Sprint.
So, Boost is the prepaid
division of Sprint.
They basically take select phones from the parent company and
modify them to Boost them up. But don't be fooled, it's
basic features to enable prepaid, and some different colors
and logos; nothing mind blowing. Boost offers plans on both
iDEN and CDMA networks with different plan features. You can
review the plans by visiting the Compare
that customer care is completely different, and the services are
completely disconnected from what's available on Sprint.
sharing the same platform vendor (Amdocs), HR, IT, etc., from a
consumer perspective, it really looks like a completely different
company. This has its merits and disadvantages depending on
perspective. Click on the following links to learn more about
Sprint prepaid cellular phones.
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